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Vibrant Symposium on End of Life Invigorates C3MD 2015

Posted by RHHAdmin on Oct 9, 2015 4:31:31 PM

C3MD 2015

C3MD Stage 2015Recently, Residential Home Health was proud to host the third Care Continuum Conference of Metro Detroit (C3MD) on September 30 and October 1, 2015. Presented in partnership with the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology and MPRO, the conference brought together Michigan providers from across the continuum to learn, share perspectives, and deepen relationships in service of providing ever-better patient care.

For C3MD 2015, more than 500 healthcare professionals and thought leaders gathered at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, shattering attendance records. After a warm welcome from Residential Home Health executives, the symposium presentation featured two compelling perspectives on this year’s conference theme, ‘Modern Medicine: It Ain’t the Way to Die.’

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Topics: Residential News, Advance Directive, Advanced Care Planning

Research and Reason Enable Informed, Compassionate Decision-Making

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Apr 28, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Book of the Month

Our book for May empathetically investigates the extreme life-preserving medical interventions that some patients may choose to decline.Medical innovations have resulted in remarkable lifesaving advances. If a person’s heart or breathing stops, or he or she is unable to eat or drink, hospitals and other medical facilities are often equipped to intervene so that the body can resume the lost function. But for many individuals in declining health, the benefit of such invasive procedures is less clear. To a patient whose goals are to stay put and remain comfortable, these life-preserving measures bring uncertainty about whether the benefits will outweigh the risks and drawbacks (which can include unwanted hospitalization, infection, and insufficient improvement — or even a decrease — in quality of life).

With more than 30 years of nursing home and hospice experience, ordained chaplain Hank Dunn has helped patients of all ages and their families navigate the difficult decisions unique to the final phase of life. Our book selection for May is his guide to making informed healthcare decisions, a straightforward yet empathetic probe of the four biggest choices that patients in declining health can make.

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Topics: Hospice, Palliative Care, Recommended Reading, Advance Directive

Residential Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Apr 16, 2015 3:30:00 PM

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice recognize the value of advance care planning and making a legally binding advance directive.The face of healthcare is continuously changing. The methods of prolonging life are becoming ever-more sophisticated, but in some cases, they can also be more aggressive or invasive to the patient. Consequently, seniors and their families can find themselves weighing the costs and benefits of these advances. Some may want to pursue every avenue of treatment available; for others, the sacrifices in quality of life may not seem worth the time that could be gained. Choices like these are incredibly personal and will vary depending on the individual, health challenge, and type of intervention. All patients have a right to make and stand by their own choices, including refusing a treatment. However, if an individual becomes unable to make or express his or her own health decisions, it can be difficult to discern who should step in, and also to guess at what the person’s preference would be.

While thorny issues like this may be unpleasant to contemplate, addressing them ahead of time can offer better assurance and peace of mind in the long run. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, aiming to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Both Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice recognize the value of considering these tough questions ahead of time, documenting your wishes, and communicating them clearly — including naming a trusted proxy to express them with and for you. Read on to learn what kind of decisions may arise, what preparatory steps you can take, and the importance of communication, not only during the decision-making process, but after.

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Topics: Advance Directive

Health News Round-Up: To Improve Health, Learn About Your Disease

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Apr 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Study Your Condition to Improve Your Health

Recent health news from across the web: the case for getting informed, health care decision-making aids, a wake-up call for night owls, and more.

Giving a patient access to his or her medical records used to be unheard of — but times are changing. With electronic records enabling better sharing among providers and with patients as well, there’s a growing trend toward better-informed and -educated patients. Large-scale evaluations are showing that patients who are given access to their test results, medication information, and even doctors’ notes from previous visits report improved understanding of their own health picture. They also have more success at following doctors’ orders and making healthy lifestyle changes.

This article follows the story of a young scientist who was told he had a brain tumor and began to collect massive amounts of his own data, as well as conduct copious research on his condition. When he suspected something had changed with his tumor, he was able to push for more tests — and his suspicions were well founded.

(The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records; New York Times)

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Topics: Hospice, Fall Prevention, Diabetes, Health News, Stroke, Advance Directive, Financial Health

Health News Round-Up: Exercise Benefits Parkinson’s Patients

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 26, 2015 3:03:00 PM

Physical Activity Can Counteract the Effects of Parkinson’s

Dynamic Parkinson’s therapy, more reasons than ever to quit smoking, end of life and bereavement, and more.Activities ranging from drumming to dance can help patients with Parkinson’s disease to regain range and smoothness of motion and reduce the need for medication. Recent studies have shown substantial gains in patients who engaged in regular cycling, treadmill walking, or tai chi practice. The National Parkinson Foundation notes that the benefits of regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of falls and other complications, which can in turn slow disease progression.

Residential Home Health also recognizes the benefits of physical activity in Parkinson’s treatment. Our patients can take part in proven LSVT therapy, exercises that emphasize BIG movements and LOUD speech and have long-lasting effects.

(Fight Parkinson’s: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy; NPR)

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Topics: Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Health News, Stroke, Advance Directive, Smoking, Fitness, Bereavement